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Pa. gov: Gay marriage is like marriage of siblings

By Mark Scolforo

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:31 a.m. HST, Oct 04, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show.

The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally marry in the state.

“It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,” Corbett said. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”

Corbett, a lawyer, former federal prosecutor and state attorney general, also said he does not think a pending legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage belongs in federal court.

“The Supreme Court left it up to the states to determine under their laws as to what is and isn’t a marriage,” Corbett said. “The federal court shouldn’t even be involved in this. But if they say they are, then they’re going to make a determination whether the state has the right to determine that a marriage is only between a man and a woman and not between two individuals of the same sex.”

Messages left Friday for a Corbett spokesman were not immediately returned.

State attorneys in August included a reference to children in a legal brief involving same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses. In the court filing opposing allowing same-sex couples to intervene in the state’s lawsuit to bar a suburban Philadelphia county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the lawyers made an analogy to a pair of 12-year-olds, saying if the children were issued a marriage license and tried to defend it in court, they wouldn’t be taken seriously because the license was never valid.

Corbett later rejected that analogy, saying the case revolved around the question of whether a public official had “the authority to disregard state law based on his own personal legal opinion about the constitutionality of a statute.”

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mikethenovice wrote:
It's a contest to see which Republican puts his foot in his mouth first and strikes a nerve with the American people. So far it's between Boehner and Corbel.
on October 4,2013 | 06:48AM
pueouhane wrote:
They still have a foot to eat..........o-oh, excuse me, here comes one hopping on one leg, the other suck up you know where.....
on October 4,2013 | 08:47AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The Republicans are still living in the medieval days.
on October 4,2013 | 06:49AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Tell what type of relationships should be deemed by society has acceptable to you. Given that we live in "modern times."
on October 4,2013 | 07:54AM
Makua wrote:
Multiple new signs in bold print should be hung in all offices and hallways of the US Capitol saying: "We as elected officials are here to serve and better the lives of the GENERAL PUBLIC".
on October 4,2013 | 07:02AM
Slow wrote:
I find it sad that the Republican party has degenerated nationwide into a gang of superstitious, pandering racists and homophobes shamelessly serving the very rich. I remember when I believed the Republican party meant freedom, pride n individual achievement and initiative. Early on I sensed the military industrial complex (now coupled with big corporations) was a corrupting influence. And now the powerful rich are content to let Ted Cruz, Boehner and Palin lead their party.
on October 4,2013 | 07:03AM
Grimbold wrote:
He is right. If same sex can marry i can marry my mother or father of same sex. Insanity rules at the moment due to theshrieking clamoring of homosexualists.
on October 4,2013 | 07:47AM
Kuniarr wrote:
The Republicans are the last defense against the conversion of this United States into a Socialist country.

Obamacare is the spearhead of Socialism and the effectiveness of propaganda to wiipe out dissent.

Obamacare was enacted into law by 58 Democrats and 2 Independents in the Senate without a single Republican vote.
on October 4,2013 | 08:43AM
localguy wrote:
Someone has been watching the Mel Gibson movie ConspiracyTheory way to many times. You should have watched The Omen movies instead. Had you done so you would realize Damien and John Boehner are one in the same. A close look at Boehner's scalp shows a "666" mark. The mark of Satan. Yes, the Republican party is the spawn of Satan. Lets see, join the dark side or join socialism. Not much of a choice is it. Republicans can't see the fact they are the problem. To them, we are all Steerage Class to be stepped on when taking care of #1 is more important. Boehner's political career is over. The man is a complete fool.
on October 4,2013 | 08:54AM
Kuniarr wrote:
A fool is one who does not realize that the constant barrage of attempt at taxing the wealthy is the same kind of propaganda that has caused Capitalism to vanish from the face of Europe and replaced by Socialism and Communism.

The naive do not realize that the Economic mess in the US was triggered by Bill Clinton in 1999 when he caused China to enter the WTO and entered into a Free Trade Agreement with China and North American countries.

For where before there were lots and lots of high paying jobs in consumer product manufacturing those millions and millions of jobs have vanished because US factories have moved to China and other countries.
on October 4,2013 | 10:09AM
localguy wrote:
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett should know. He's the product of incest. Clearly mentally challenged from the in breeding. Typical for a republican.
on October 4,2013 | 09:21AM
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